Compare Valium vs. oxazepam
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Valium (diazepam) is effective for occasional or short-term use for anxiety and muscle spasm. Compared to similar drugs, Valium (diazepam) acts very quickly but can have interactions with other medicines.
Serax (oxazepam) helps make sure the seizures that happen during alcohol withdrawal don't get worse. Serax (oxazepam) is also good for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms.
- Valium (diazepam) effectively relieves anxiety and muscle spasms.
- Valium (diazepam) has less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to other similar drugs.
- Works very quickly.
- Available in generic.
- Serax (oxazepam) is a first choice medicine to treat seizures that can happen in alcohol withdrawal.
- Serax (oxazepam) only lasts for a short time, so there's little risk of hangover effects or sleepiness.
- Serax (oxazepam) is recommended for people who have advanced liver disease because it doesn't affect the liver.
- Use of Valium (diazepam) can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
- Valium (diazepam) can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment.
- Most people find that their body will get used to Valium (diazepam) levels and they may need higher doses over time to achieve the same effect.
- People with severe liver problems should not take Valium (diazepam). Several drugs can also interfere with how Valium (diazepam) works.
- Serax (oxazepam) is addictive, so its use for anxiety should be limited to the shortest time possible.
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- Decreased breathing from use with opioids
- Taking Valium (diazepam) with opioids, drugs or alcohol
- Using Valium (diazepam) for a longer duration and at high doses
- Dependence and withdrawal
- History of substance abuse
- Taking with alcohol or drugs
- Taking long-term
- Taking a higher dose
- Stopping Valium (diazepam) suddenly
- Driving impairment
- Alcohol use with Valium (diazepam)
- Taking other medicines that make you less alert
- Drug interactions
- Current liver problems
- Taking Tagamet, ketoconazole, Prozac, Prilosec
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Breathing problems, coma, and death
- Taking opioids
- Low blood pressure
- People age 65 or older
- High blood pressure
- Behavior changes